Jaybird Run Review
For a truly wireless earbud for working out, you need the Jaybird Run. The buds completely wireless and look similar to the AirPods from Apple. However, when it comes to the price, it is a bit more. But how good do they sound and are they comfortable wear? Find out everything you need to know about these earbuds here! Check out Jaybird X3 Review
Jaybird Run Design
When you look at the Jaybird Run, it has a similar style compared to other wireless earbuds. The earbuds small and has a minute logo on the outside. The standard color is black, and it has a distinctive metal ring on the outer edge. The disc serves as the antenna giving it a head start when it comes to reception. Most competitors have internal antennas and have reliable connection problems. Furthermore, the buds are subtle but yet noticeable. While there is not much difference in the design of the wired and wireless buds, the earpiece design is top-notch.
We found the buds remain secure in the ear without falling out. Furthermore, it is comfortable to wear even during our runs. The reason for the tight fit is the fin that fits in the upper groove of the ear, holding them in place. Moreover, once you have them in the ear, you barely notice it. Included, you get four sets of tips made of silicone. There are two round and two oval ones. On the other hand, you get a finless pair as well if your ears are small.
For running and working out at the gym, the buds sweat- and waterproof. For comfort when traveling, the manufacturer included a charging case to add up to 8-hours extra to the 4-hour battery use. The problem with the casing is that it does not fit in your pocket but takes up little space in a bag. What’s more, you can give the headset quick charge as well. A personal note from our side is that the latch on the case can be a bit more secure.
Jaybird Run Performance
Setting up the Jaybird Run earbuds was not difficult as it connects within seconds to your phone. When you remove the right bud, it connects instantly with your audio device. Alternatively, you can wear the right earbud on its own to keep one ear open or use both. The left bud connects to the right one automatically when the Bluetooth is on. However, using only the right bud can sound a bit compressed, but once you turn the left one on, the sound expands well. On each bud you have one button to power them on and control your audio. You can find the buttons with ease but do become difficult to press sometimes.
How do they sound?
Bearing in mind, the tiny frame of the Run earbuds, the sound delivered was impressive. Using them with different tunes sounded great as you get enough detail with bass. However, we did find the headset has troubles with multifaceted high notes as instruments distort into a mess. Compared to the BeatsX they sound fantastic as it delivers quality sound for wireless earbuds. Furthermore, we found the earphones great to listen to podcasts.
You get a rich and natural dialog and ideal to use with the audio range in the Run. As mentioned pressing the buttons on the earbuds is difficult, so instead of using the control buttons, we used the Jaybird app instead. With the app, you can customize the sound profile. You get a variety of options to boost low end and harsh high notes. You get custom profiles, as well. Furthermore, you can adjust the level of sound manually as well to boost the high and bass notes.
While running, we enjoyed the free-wire experience as the buds sits comfortably. A problem we did have is keeping them synchronized in stereo mode, but a software update rectifies the issue. Compared to the Freedom from Jaybird that still has a thin cable to attach the earbuds the Run offers a different wireless experience. Lastly, the four-hour battery use we found does last about up to three hours and depends what you are listening.
Jaybird Run Specs
- Battery: Four hours playtime with quick charge
- Color: Black
- Cord Type: Wireless
- Extras: SBC Codec Implementation, Multi-use Control Buttons, Hands-free Use, Sweat & Waterproof
- Form Factor: In-ear
- Included: Ear Fins, Round & Oval Eartips, Charge Case, and Charging Cable
- Noise Isolation: Passive
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 6.83 grams each
Jaybird Run Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Comfortable fit and unnoticeable
- Sound is on-par with most other wireless earbuds
- Reasonable battery life
- Sweat and waterproof
- Intuitive app to control the sound profile
What we do not like:
- The buttons are not user-friendly
- The latch on the charging case can be a bit more secure
Should You Buy It?
Yes, if you have the money to spend as they are more expensive than other competing true wireless earbuds. If you want to exercise without the cord, the Jaybird Run is what you need. You get a waterproof earbud that is an alternative to using the Jabra Elite Sport, which is pricier. Furthermore, before buying the earbuds you need to think about how you plan using them. We recommend the BeatsX or Jaybird Freedom if you want high audio quality for occasional exercise. But if you’re going to go completely wireless, the Jaybird Run remains an excellent option.
We found the Jaybird Run to be everything you need in truly wireless earbuds. While the audio quality is not perfect, it remains flawless for working out and listening to music. The buds are comfortable, and the constructions good for the price. The charging case is excellent even if it needs a secure latch to prevent it from opening by itself. We found using the Jaybird app great for customizing the sound. Furthermore, when running, we did not find the buds falling out of our ears. Occasionally, we had some drops in the connection while running and depending on where you live, as well. Lastly, the price is high but you do get the best truly wireless earbuds for working out, making them a must buy on our list.